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Everything old is new again: Will the return of a broader rent control regime haunt the Ontario real estate bar?

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For decades the existence of rent control has posed a risk to Ontario real estate lawyers acting on the purchase and mortgaging of residential rental property. The range of affected properties is immense: From a basement apartment to a rented single family house to the largest multi-residential complexes in the province, many real estate files… Read More »

Categories: Areas of Law, Articles, Content Type, Failure to Know The Law, Inadequate Investigation, Malpractice Errors, Real Estate

Recognizing the red flags of real estate scams involving corporate identity theft

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Frauds targeting real estate lawyers are getting ever more sophisticated. LAWPRO has seen several attempted frauds involving corporate identity theft. The properties involved may be commercial or residential, but are always owned by a corporation. How these frauds work These frauds start with the fraudsters changing or stealing the identity of corporate property owners. This… Read More »

Categories: 2018 February Top Legal Disruptions, Areas of Law, Articles, Content Type, Fraud, LAWPRO Magazine, LAWPRO Magazine Article Type, Malpractice Errors, Real Estate, Title insurance, TitlePLUS, Topics

Make sure clients aren’t caught off guard by the Rental Fairness Act

On April 27, 2017 the Province of Ontario amended the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (RTA) with the introduction of the Rental Fairness Act. Some of the changes to the RTA are already fully in force, others will come into play in 2018. The amendments to the RTA affect every residential tenancy in Ontario to different… Read More »

Categories: 2018 February Top Legal Disruptions, Areas of Law, Articles, Content Type, Could This Happen to You?, Failure to Know The Law, LAWPRO Magazine, LAWPRO Magazine Article Type, Malpractice Errors, Real Estate, Topics

FOLA endorses standardized residential real estate closing documents

Recently, the Working Group on Lawyers Real Estate undertook the review of five residential real estate closing documents designed to be used in conjunction with the Agreement of Purchase and Sale (APS) approved by the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA). These documents, which have been successfully used in several Ontario municipalities, have been amended to… Read More »

Categories: Areas of Law, Real Estate

Residential Tenancies Act amendments a potential source of claims

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LAWPRO is monitoring the impact of changes to the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 introduced in April. Lawyers who represent landlords and the purchasers of rental properties will have significant responsibility for communicating the changes to their clients and for supporting compliance. The article below, prepared for us by Joe Hoffer of Cohen Highley LLP, provides… Read More »

Categories: Areas of Law, Real Estate

Do you know when Teraview on the Web is coming to your region?

Teraview® will be online as early as January 8, 2018, however, the rollout varies based on region. Click here to view the go-live date for your region and the corresponding date when Teraview 9.0 will be discontinued. Once the online version goes live, the previous version will be expired within six weeks and real estate… Read More »

Categories: Real Estate

Can’t review your lender client’s draft title policy?

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The Residential Real Estate Practice Guidelines published by the Law Society state that a lawyer should, before accepting a title insurance policy on behalf of a client, review the draft policy or binder/commitment to identify any inaccuracies or omissions, and to ensure that the promised coverage is as expected and meets the client’s needs. But… Read More »

Categories: Areas of Law, Real Estate, Title insurance

Reflections on technology changes in real estate practice

Facilitating transfers of real estate has been the bread-and-butter of thousands of Ontario lawyers for generations. Despite occasional market wobbles, real estate business has helped firms to flourish in communities of all sizes, often supporting the delivery of family, estates, commercial and even criminal law services. Healthy real estate practices support both lawyers’ own families… Read More »

Categories: 2017 August Managing Change, Areas of Law, Articles, Clerical / Delegation, Communications Errors, Cyber dangers, Features, Inadequate Investigation, LAWPRO Magazine Article Type, Legal Technology, Real Estate, Time Management, Topics

Commercial title insurance: What you need to know

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A discussion regarding title insurance (or any insurance for that matter) requires the understanding that it is insurance. It does not fix problems, it underwrites risks. As lawyers, it is incumbent upon us to be able to convey this clearly to our clients, whether lenders or more likely borrowers/purchasers. In the days of yore, the… Read More »

Categories: 2017 August Managing Change, Areas of Law, Articles, Content Type, Insurance Business, Real Estate, Title insurance
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